Encouragement for your daily walk with God
When it comes to the names or titles of Jesus — Lord and Messiah are good examples of names well known to Christ followers — I can think of none as dear as Savior. In Matthew’s narrative of Christ’s birth, a lot of emphasis is placed on that name. He recounted what an angel said to Joseph, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins” [Matthew 1:21]. From the very moment of His birth, we are witness to the nature of His work.
The name Savior is dear to us because we need saving, especially from sin. God hates sin with a holy wrath. The book of Romans makes it very clear that we store up for ourselves wrath from God for our sins. Paul said, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed” [Romans 2:5].
That is why we desperately need a Savior. And for those who have put their full confidence in what Jesus did for them on Calvary’s cross, they need not fear that day of wrath. Jesus is our Savior. Paul encouraged the Thessalonian Christ followers to wait for God’s Son “whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” [1 Thessalonians 1:10].
Far too many people think that God is not concerned with sin. So let’s be clear; God’s wrath will be poured out upon unrepentant sinners one day. But Jesus bore His wrath against sin on the cross. He took your place, and you are saved from God’s wrath when you trust Him alone. Paul said it well, “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” [Romans 5:1].
What a Savior!
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11